How Free Radicals Affect Your Skin
It seems like the world and even your body is out to get you when it comes to your skin — the sun, pollution, stress, hormones, and even the food you eat can all cause your skin to age prematurely and cause acne to form, which leads to blemishes and scars. And when you go to the store to buy skin care product after skin care product, it seem like you simply can’t win! But don’t feel discouraged quite yet, there are solutions and methods where you can achieve skin that you love! One of those solutions is our own LED light-treatment masque; more on that later.
This blog is going to focus on one more way that your body seems to push back when you’re fighting so hard for radiant and youthful skin — free radicals.
First, What is a Free Radical?
To answer this, we need to go back to highschool chemistry class. Your body is made up of cells, which are made up of molecules, which are made up of atoms (neutrons, protons, and electrons). The atoms are all joined together with chemical bonds. Molecules always want to be stable, and they do this by gaining or losing electrons or by sharing electrons with another atom.
Sometimes, there is a molecule that has a weak bond. When this weak bond is broken, a free radical is formed, which is very unstable and reacts quickly. Free radicals will try to “steal” an electron from another molecule to become stable again. If a molecule loses an electron after an attack from a free radical, it will also become a free radical. When enough attacks are taking place, it can be very harmful to the cell. Phew. And you thought you were done with chemistry.
So What do Free Radicals have to do With Skin Care?
Molecules transferring electrons can be a natural process that occurs in the body, but it is also a process that is caused by outside factors, such as:
- Emotional and physical stress
- Air pollutants
- Cigarette smoke
- The sun’s radiation
- Industrial chemicals
- Processed foods
- Recreational and prescription drugs
When there are enough free radicals in your body, it can cause cell damage. And what is your skin and the collagen inside your skin made up of? Cells! So over time, when free radicals are present in your body and skin, they eventually break down collagen. When collagen is broken down through this chemical process, it will lose the elasticity that gives your skin the firm, youthful look.
What’s the Solution?
One of the most common types of free radicals occurs in oxygen atoms, which is why you’ve probably heard of the term oxidative damage. We bet that you can guess what we’re going to say next.
Solution Number One: Antioxidants
These guys are your body's and every lonely molecule’s best friend. Antioxidants actually have too many electrons, so when they come across a free radical, they give away an electron so the free radical can stabilize. This stops the process of free radicals being created and therefore stops cell and tissue (collagen) damage. Pretty neat, right?
Solution Number Two: LED Light Treatment
It’s hard to compete with the popularity that antioxidants have, but the LED light-treatment masque from iderma® goes deep into the skin to stimulate cell and collagen production. Unlike other skin care products that simply sit on the surface of your skin, our Youth Restoring Masque® uses red and infrared light to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin and helps to build a strong foundation for your skin. With increased collagen production, your skin will be firmer and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles will begin to diminish. With enhanced cell production, dead skin cells will be pushed to the surface faster. This will help soften the color of age spots, help with symptoms of inflammation, and so much more.
So even though you do encounter air pollution every day, and there’s no avoiding the sun, you can prevent and even reverse the damage that has occurred. Learn more about LED light-treatment technology and see for yourself the benefits of our Youth Restoring Masque.
Free radicals don’t have anything on the benefits of LED light treatment.